The Ozark Mountain Ducks was an attempt to strike in to that un-tapped potential of Springfield. With it's tremendously rich baseball history, it was one of those locations that had gone ignored for so long by professional baseball... that it just had to be a sleeping giant. At least the Texas-Louisiana League thought so, and up to this point... their hunches have been right on the money. The Tex-LA League had been busy re-awakening dormant markets in Jackson Mississippi, Pensacola Florida and Mobile Alabama...
perhaps too much so. These markets exploded to the point that it attracted the likes of Affiliated Minor League Baseball chasing the independent Tex-LA League out of these cities they had just re-developed. While that may sound like a wonderful thing to have Single-A or Double-A baseball back in a forgotten town, keep in mind that these towns were long ago abandoned by Affiliated Minor League Baseball. The independent Texas-Louisiana League invested its time and money to make these towns profitable again, only to lose the markets to Affiliated Minor League ball once they became re-established ... and without any payments or retributions. This dubious formula would be a foreboding one for Price Cutter Park as we will soon see.